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Seborrheic Dermatitis Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 01, 2015


Those flakes appearing on your shoulders are sometimes the medical result (depending on the nature of the condition) of a skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, which is a type of eczema of the face and scalp. It results in red, itchy skin but is best recognized by the scaly flakes of skin that tend to fall from the scalp and out of the hair--the stuff we recognize as dandruff. The condition affects the sebum glands, resulting in dried out skin.

Several herbal remedies and natural treatments can help prevent seborrheic dermatitis, reduce flaking, and minimize scalp irritation. Check out our natural seb derm shampoos and other home remedies below!

In infants Seborrheic Dermatitis is known as cradle cap. Check out Earth Clinic's Cradle Cap remedies here.

Check out our Natural Dandruff Remedies page as well.


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Apple Cider Vinegar   31  2   

Posted by Cw (Southwest Missouri) on 06/30/2015

[YEA]  Amazing results.

I found this website on June 23, just 1 week ago. The same day I started regiment of 2 tablespoons of organic ACV with "The Mother", 1 teaspoon of raw un filtered honey and 8-10 oz of water 3 times a day and once a day rubbing straight ACV right on my problem areas, mostly on my face and in my ears. The results are increarable, in just 3 days my SD that I have been dealing with for 8 years is completely gone!

If anyone is sitting on the fence, please do not wait any longer, start using this today and get your life back.

Thank you all very much!

Posted by Thushara Tom (Nj) on 06/09/2015

[YEA]  I am 37 yr old female using cortisone creams from 15 yr old on my scalp and face and underarms for SD. Indian and US doctors recommended the same kind of medications for me.

After reading this article, I tried organic ACV for last 5 days and the results are great. My face, behind my ear, underarms are showing much improvement.also my scalp is getting much better and I am keep using it.

I suggest this to all who have SD which is a mental nuisance to all.

Posted by Feathers (Louisville, Ky) on 01/09/2015

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello,

to make a story short, been with S/D for more than 10 years. Tried a lot of things to get rid of it.

I will post a more detailed entry later. After reading this site, I bought ACV with the mother and applied 20 mn ago with a 1:1 ratio (ACV / bottled water). The results seem to be here already concerning the flaking, but when I finished applying it I realized parts of my face were red. The excess mixture of ACV and water ran down my face for a while, while I was applying it on my hair.

My face feels hot on the red parts. Any ideas what may have caused this, and will it last?

Those two links are pics of the red zones on my face right now.

http://tinypic.com/r/2yuy29y/8

http://tinypic.com/r/1yoh9j/8

I will post a more detailed history and results later.

Replied by Debbiefudge
East Sussex, UK
01/10/2015

The best solution is to stop it from running down your face.

Put a towel on, tip your head back. You may be allergic, it sounds as though it is 'burning' you.

You, MAY get better results with distilled, WHITE vinegar, instead of ACV.

Replied by Alex
Dallas, Texas
02/24/2015

The best remedy for SD is Neem juice (comes with a dropper, just put a dab on your trouble spots and it vanishes in 24hrs). The burn on your face when AcV drips is typical nothing to worry except for the discomfort.
Replied by Niamh Healy
Dublin, Ireland
03/15/2015

Hi, what do you mean by 'the mother'? I have ACV.

Thanks in anticipation.


EC: Hi, you'll find information about Apple Cider Vinegar with the 'mother' here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/acvinegar.html

Posted by Andre1990 (London, UK) on 11/05/2014

[YEA]  I created an account just to post about my treatment of Seb Derm with Apple Cider Vinegar.

Bit of background, early 20's male with Seb Derm originally in one eye brow as flaky skin (i didn't know what it was) but it ultimately spread to either side of my nose, forehead, and parts of beard.

Tried many things; at first it was emoillients (moisturising to the extreme), then I self prescribed Ketoconazole (Nizoral cream). The initial treatment stopped the flaking, but was 5% still red and not very pleasant to apply twice daily. The cream then (after 1 year) appeared to stop being as effectively recently.

Then I tried ACV - applied nothing else but Bragg directly to the skin and drank it twice a day minimum. With nothing else - this started to work after about a week and the results were fantastic.

Unfortunately I ran out of the stuff for about 4 days, and the redness has returned slightly but so far so good - very impressed!

Posted by Jennifer (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/06/2014

[YEA]  Very excited to make this post! I've had Seborrheic Dermatitis of the scalp for over 7 years now. Used the typical T-sal shampoos which didn't cure but felt like "maintained" the SD to a manageable degree (i.e. it wasn't really itchy just more of a cosmetic nuisance). Recent flare ups and itchiness led me to finally use the prescription strength corticosteroid which didn't help. I could feel it literally burning, but it would not reduce the size/redness of the patches. Fed up I finally hit google and this message board seemed to have the most "real" responses so I figured why not!

My first night I used pure ACV, no dilution. I didn't have Braggs with "the mother" on hand, but thought it was worth a shot. I applied with a spray bottle and let sit for 30 minutes. I washed it out and my hair/scalp looked great! I'd say 90% was gone.

I then purchased the Braggs ACV and tried a 1:1 dilution. This time I put my hair up (it is long) prior to the ACV treatment so the rest of my hair wouldn't soak up the ACV/make a mess. This was much better! I also applied with an eye-dropper which was more precise than the spray. I let it sit for 30-45 minutes then rinse/shampoo after.

After this second round SD was 95% gone. Within 2 more treatments I haven't seen any major flakes or had any flare ups! A few tiny flakes here and there but nothing like before (where my whole scalp basically came off). With the ACV I used an all natural coconut shampoo, but I have also used Pantene afterward and it was fine.

I was so excited by my results I had my dad try the ACV on his facial SD. He has been using a variety of washes/topicals for years and within 3 days of applying ACV with a cotton swab his SD is gone as well!

Bottom line- give it a try! This experience has really turned me off from traditional medications, not that I was a big fan before. Regular ACV and Braggs both worked, but I am sticking with Braggs because more people seem to recommend it.

Posted by Cd (Manchester) on 08/10/2014

[YEA]  Hi all,

Thanks for all your posts as it has helped me a lot! :)

I have been suffering from severe Seborrheic Dermatitis on my face for over a year. Nizoral cream (anti fungal) from the doctor has helped but not as much as I would like.

I tried ACV 1:1 with water last week. I apply it at night with a cotton pad after washing my face with warm water and leave it on. The following morning I wash my face with water again and reapply ACV.

Results have been fantastic, no more flaking, very little redness and normal skin. It does smell for around 5 minutes after application, however this is a very small trade off for clear skin.

Thanks all and good luck!

CD

Replied by Cd
Manchester
05/25/2015

Also, I have found that using e45 dermatological emollient face wash is excellent and helped the cause a LOT! Thanks all, good luck.

Posted by Aman (Uk) on 12/26/2013

[YEA]  I tried all sorts of things to get rid of my seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff. I had it on my face and my scalp. Tried putting vaseline on at the start as I thought it was dry skin! Didn't work (obviously! ) Tried changing my moisturiser. Didn't work. Aloe Vera only seemed to make the appearance better for about 20 mins and then the flaking would start again. Tried a shampoo with Ciclopirox. Still no improvement. Tried a cream with neem in it. Still didn't notice much improvement.

Then I reached for the apple cider vinegar. I wasn't looking forward to it as I don't love the smell of vinegar. I diluted it to half strength with water and applied it to my scalp, shampooing and washing it out after 10-15 mins. Also applied to my face where affected and washed off with water after 10 mins. I saw improvements within a few days. I had to keep up the treatments for a bit. The facial treatments I did twice a day and the scalp treatments twice a week when washing my hair. 99% of the symptoms cleared up. The rest vanished as soon as warmer weather came in and I got a good dose of sunshine. So far I haven't had to do the facial treatments in the summer or autumn but am waiting to see if I may have to return to them once the weather gets properly cold again. The twice weekly scalp treatments I've kept up. I read somewhere someone suggesting that if the scalp is kept free from dandruff then that might control the whole lot which seemed to make sense to me. Thanks to all those who recommended apple cider vinegar for this condition as it really helped me.

Posted by Miselliej (Prescott, Az) on 11/02/2013

Folks, it must be ACV with the "mother". No other has the health benefits of this. Braggs is a good one.

Posted by Sam (Toronto, Canada) on 03/20/2012

[YEA]  I just wanted to say thanks! I'm 29 and i've had SD for over 9 years now. I've used everything prescribed by the docs and needless to say - it only works till it doesn't. I stumbled upon this site looking for ways to get rid of the dandruff buildup on my eyelids and behind my ears. Its not attractive.

I was very excited about using the ACV diluted with water treatment. I have (had) really - really bad SD with the scabs and all. I sprayed the diluted ACV solution on my face and hair. Got as much to the scalp as possible. I have long hair. Waited for 15 mins and washed it away.

The difference in my facial skin was dramatic. I mean I use it 3 times a day on my face now (rub it on with a cotton ball). My skin looks healthy and even some dark spots on my skin have faded away. I love it.

It took almost a month to see the same results on my hair. But i'm glad to report that after 9 years i'm finally dandruff free! And if that wasn't great enough my hair is healthier and shinnier to boot!

I want to thank this little community for the "enlightenment".

So Thanks, Sam

(p.s. I use a mild 99% organically sourced ginger based shampoo to wash my hair after the ACV treatment)


07/31/2012

I tried Organic apple cider vinegar and water (1:1ratio) on my hair first time yesterday. It feels good. Couple of questions.

1. Should I quit my current dandruff shampo prescription?

2. When using on Face, should I quit my steroids I am currently using?

When I used first time I used baby shampoo first then sprayed this solution waited 10 mins and rinsed off. Just wondering if I need to shampoo before the application or after appilcation? I have read that some ppl suggested to spray it and leave it on. Is that better?

Please let me know. Also if someone can suggest some good shampoos when I quit the dandruff shamoos that will be great.

Replied by Kas
Illinois, Usa
08/08/2014

Do not immediately come down off your steroids. Begin the ACV wash FIRST without your antidandruff shampoo. Steroids are very potent and need to be stepped down slowly. Do NOT simply come off them. Speak with your doctor about the best way to cut down your steroids. Good call on coming down off them though. My mother has been getting off and on steroid treatments for years because of breathing problems and her doctors recently confirmed that she has suffered liver damage because of their consistent long-term use. :)

Posted by Fifi (Gold Coast, Qld, Australia) on 12/31/2011

[YEA]  Hi everyone, I'm 28 and had been searching for a remedy to treat seborrheic dermatitis on my face for about 3 years. Finally, this year it has cleared up and I believe that raw apple cider vinegar with the mother helped a lot. I do not really suffer from SD on my scalp, it only appears there in small patches in winter which clears with shampoo. The sides of my nose were the main problem area. I had constant pink patches on the skin there, which would sometimes burn. I had hardly any flaky skin, just the pink, sometimes red irritated patches.

Anyway, it was diagnosed by a dermatologist as SD and after a couple of years of on and off again treatments prescribed by him and my family doctor, I decided to change my diet and my skin care routine.

Ten months ago, I cut virtually all yeast from my diet. I stopped using prescribed medications on my SD. There was an initial flare up as my skin was addicted to the steroid cream I had been using. I began to use a face wash which is very calming. I used filtered water to dilute raw Apple Cider Vinegar with mother in a small spray bottle. After cleansing and whenever I thought of it during the day, I would soak my face with the spray. I would keep my eyes closed with a folded tissue held over them. At first the smell was bad but it does not last long. I did this intense soaking everyday for about 2 months and then as the SD improved I cut back to doing it morning and night. I stopped spraying and just used a soaked cotton ball.

I also use the Apple Cider Vinegar as a salad dressing and mixed into tuna. Ten months on my SD has not returned and my skin has never looked better. I still avoid eating yeast but I am not as strict. I stopped using the Apple Cider Vinegar on my face, but I think I will start to use it again as a toner after reading everyone's great reviews here. I am also going to try the baking soda face scrub. I think it is important to dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar if you are going to apply it to your face and avoid getting it in your eyes.

Replied by Karin
Wilmington, Nc
04/14/2014

I have found two remedies that control seborrheic dermatitis: African formula zinc shampoo - can be bought at Health Food Stores, been using this for years. Also lavender tea works great. I make the tea with 2 heaping tspns. dried lavender in 2 cups of water, boil water, let steep for 15 min. Keep in refrigerator. Spray on scalp after shampooing. It smells great, nice for hair.
Replied by Joellie
Holland
07/26/2014

Hi, I did read about your Apple Cider Vinegar treatment on sebderm. I am curisous if you could pass me a link of your cleanser you use am / pm. Did you ever see any tiny flakies returned?
Thanks
Replied by Stephanie
Oregon
05/19/2015

I get the eliminating yeast part, but doesn't ACV contain yeast? In yeast elimination diets, vinegar is one of the first things to go. Interested as I too am looking for a natural remedy for facial SD

Posted by Susan (Fort Worth, Tx) on 02/12/2010

[NAY]  Apple Cider Vinegar for Seborrheic Dermatitis: Nay

I was soooo hoping this would work after reading all the positive responses. I tried straight ACV on my face (around nose and mouth) twice daily for 2 weeks (not rinsed). Did not help at all. :(

I'll move on to some of the other ideas mentioned!

Replied by Ken
Seoul, South Korea
03/07/2010

I am writing because i would like to try the apple cider vinegar approach for my seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, but I am living temporarily in Seoul, Korea, and here they only have "brown rice vinegar". Can this be used as an adequate substitute for apple cider vinegar? Your help would be much appreciated.
Replied by Yong Ha
Los Angeles, Ca
03/17/2010

Ken, apple cider vinegar is sold in South Korea. If you are inclined, even organic apple cider vinegar can be found in the basement department grocery shops and health food shops.
Replied by Haci
Sivas, Turkey
07/12/2010

Dear Susan. I think ACV does work, but you must use it at least 3 months and you should be patient.
Replied by Holly
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
03/16/2012

Apple cider vinegar or any vinegar must be mixed with some water in order to make it alkaline and effective. Otherwise it will remain acidic and won't do much good.
Replied by Eric
North East, Maryland
06/26/2014

Holly,

Adding water doesn't make it alkaline, it just dilutes it. It will still be acidic. You dilute it to avoid skin irritation and possible hair damage.

Posted by Jack (Knoxville, Tennessee) on 12/06/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I just stumbled upon this website the other day and after reading all the fantastic results ACV had when curing dandruff, I rushed out and grabbed a bottle. I started the treatment last night. I couldn't find a spray bottle, so I just poured a bit on my damp hair. I waited several minutes, then rinsed it out, then shampooed as usual. When I got out of the shower, my hair felt quite a bit cleaner, but once it dried it felt dirtier. Not greasy, really, but I dunno, like I could almost feel all the flakes when I touched my hair, and they started falling out way easier. I was a bit worried. Was this just another treatment that I would try and try and get no results? I held my ground and tried again tonight, except this time I used a spray bottle and diluted it with water. Same results. Are these results actually showing that my hair is improving getting rid of these annoying flakes? Is this how it is supposed to be?

Please help. I'm so sick of suffering from this. I've had it for a while now, but lately it's just been so much worse. About a year ago I had a tamer version of what I have got going on with my dandruff now, and I was able to get rid of it all by just using tea tree oil and t-gel shampoo. I tried this a couple months ago when I noticed problems again, but it only seemed to make things worse. I then tried nizoral, but that made things much, much worse. So, please, please help. I will be very grateful for any feedback. Thanks.

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, USA
12/08/2009

This is Merryanne in FL, I am not sure what the answer is, if you try something for several days, and you have no good results, then that is not the answer, so try some thing else,,sometimes a combination of items helps bring results,,why not put hydrogen peroxide on dry hair and wrap in a towel for 15 min then rinse with water, then rinse with acv, wrap again in towel and wait 10 min, then shampoo and no cream rinse,, wait an hour let hair dry in the air,,,check results,,,if no good may be try treating for fungus,,try iodine clear,,,keep searching,, Merryanne
Replied by Abc123
London, Uk
12/28/2009

hi all! can apple cider vinegar be left on indefinitely? i have a weave in that's not due to be taken out for another 4 weeks or so. is it safe to spray on the acv and forget about it? thanks in advance
Replied by Mr. B
Binghamton, Usa
01/29/2010

I'm not sure if all cases of S/D start out like mine, but I remember feeling something pimple-like on my head when I was in middle school or or 9th grade. I scratched it off and didn't think anything of it. It came back, I scratched it. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. When I gave myself the usual buzzcut a few weeks later I noticed the hair in that spot had grouped together and at the base of that grouping their was a red skin lesion. I, to this day, nearly 5 or 6 years later, haven't told either of my parents and if/when I cut my hair short where my scalp is visible (at this point, and for the last couple of years, there are many, many lesions on my head) I'll wear a hat until my hair grows out and covers up the red, flaky scales. I even had hair down to my shoulders at one point because I was so afraid of cutting my hair short like I like it.

I tried T/Gel shampoos or whatever they are called. Some with Salasylic acid (sp?) and others with coal tar. Neither helped much, if it all. I'm contemplating trying Selsun Blue and/or Head and Shoulders, but I'm guessing they won't help either. My case is pretty severe, though I've been too scared to ever see a doctor about it.

I came on this site, and others, and apparently ACV is helping lots of people. Though I'm confused, do you drink the ACV (which I have no probably doing...I drank a shot of malt vinegar no problem just for laughs one time) or do you apply to the spots on your head that are red from S/D? Also, those claiming ACV works...is it simply ridding your head of dandruff and flakes? Or does it alleviate the reddening too? I am more concerned with having a scalp that is 100% the color of my skin rather than some flaking (which I don't notice when I cut hair short, but I don't because my scalp has lots of red patches).

I'll be trying the 1 part ACV to 1 part water mixture tomorrow regardless of how it affects the redness part of my S/D.

Looking forward to a response...

Thank you.

Replied by Kevin
Portsmouth, England
02/02/2010

To Mr. B. from Binghamton U.S.A. reference seb. derm. use a selenium based shampoo like s/blue can be slightly smelly. Just as good with no smell is a ketaconazole based shampoo; ask your pharmacist if you can't locate it for ketaconazole based anti-dandruff shampoo will clear after two uses then maintain once every six weeks.

Posted by Maya2141 (Cambridge, Ma, Usa) on 10/21/2009

[YEA]  I have been suffering from Seborrhea for most of my adult life and used all possible medicated and non-medicated shampoos, nothing seemed to help. The only thing that worked was steriod creams and after I stopped them, it came back. I turned to the internet and found the ACV cure on EC. I have used it religiously for two weeks and its working.

I read another user's remark and got myself a color applicator from a beauty store and poured half ACV and half water. I apply it everyday after shampooing, rub it into the scalp and leave it for 2 to 5 minutes. It stinks like vinegar when the hair is wet, but once dry, no smell. There is none to minimal scaling and absolutely no itching in the hair. Since its only a couple of weeks, I am going it give it more time to completely rid the scaling. Note: I use an organic shampoo, with all natural ingredients and no sulfates. And since using ACV, I have skipped using the conditioner, the ACV leaves hair soft, shiny and detangled.

Posted by Kitchenwitch2 (Santa Ana, CA) on 07/31/2009

[YEA]  I have had seborrheic dermatitis for most of my life. The past few years it has gotten worse and worse. I saw the dermatologist and he gave me some shampoos that worked minimally. I have tried nearly every OTC remedy.

The plaques were so bad lately I began to seriously think about shaving head. Truly, I was at my wits end.

I found this website and read about the ACV treatment. I happened to have had some in the cabinet that day (for treating my dogs for fleas) so I mixed some ACV 50/50 with water and applied it to the worst area, put a shower cap on and left it for 30-45 minutes. Then shampooed and conditioned as usual.

There was a marked difference after ONE treatment! I couldn't believe it! I have continued the treatment 2-3x per week for the last 3 weeks ( now with a spray bottle). My scalp is now almost completely clear! I expect to be completely cleared up within 30 days of starting treatment.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!! ACV works!

Christine Hernandez

Replied by Courtney
Lewisville, Tx
08/08/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hello Christine and everyone else, So I have a question.... I have had a bad scalp for so long and a Doc said it was SD like so many other stories on here. I have tried literally everything under the son from shampoos to liquids etc. After reading this site I went out and bought ACV and a bottle to use to pour on the scalp. I mixed half ACV and half water and also added 2 drops of Peppermint Oil that I read about it's benefits in another site for the scalp and hair growth. I got in the shower and applied the mixture which actually felt good on my scalp! As I was allowing it to soak in as directed, the fumes from the ACV began to almost choke me! I could not breath and began to cough a lot, I opened the bathroom door to get more ventilation which seemed to help. I wanted to see if anyone else had this problem? Also, after my hair dried my sclap seemed to be peeling off very badly like the condition worsened. I want to give it a shot and try again as that maybe my scalp needed another treatment. What do you guys think? Thanks, Courtney
Replied by Kara
Richmond, Virgina
09/21/2011

Courtney, don't use the peppermint oil. While it feels good it can cause burning and peeling of the skin and in some cases light sensitivity. Peppermint oil is very strong and needs to be used sparingly.
Replied by Joyce
Dallas, Tx
09/24/2011

Courtney, I wanted to tell you what helped me with Seborheic Dermatitis... I lived with it for 15 years and just dealt with it or got used to it... I tried all the special medical shampoos like T Gel etc., I also tried a healthy dieting with low carbs, I tried ACV, I tried taking Neem, Garlic and nothing got rid of it...

Then when I was 25 I decided to do a CRASH DIET to lose some weight fast! I read about Beyonce's Lemonade Diet, "The Master Cleanse" and I decided to do it for 11 days... After the cleanse, I did lose weight mostly water weight which I gained back about six months later. But the greatest thing about it was my Seb Dermatitis disappeared and hasn't returned as of yet... Master Cleanse is not the best weight loss method, but it definitely clears out some toxins that could be causing rashes... Hope this helps anyone!

One more thing, I recently noticed my hair very dry... I read that you are not supposed to shampoo everyday because the shampoo will dry your hair and your scalp. Well, I tried to shampoo every other day but my hair just looked to oily and gross. So I decided to put about a half cup of melted coconut oil in my shampoo bottle. It has helped alot making my hair less dry and frizzy and with it being mixed with the shampoo, it doesn't make your hair look oily. Another thing that helps with dry hair is Shampooing every other day and on alternate days, only using Conditioner to wash your hair. The conditioner has fragrance and will mask the smelly, oily scent of your hair. I know it sounds gross, but my hair looks better, feels softer and styles better when I don't overuse shampoo and when I add a little coconut oil...

Replied by Joyce
Dallas, Tx
09/24/2011

Courtney, I wanted to tell you what helped me with Seborheic Dermatitis... I lived with it for 15 years and just dealt with it or got used to it... I tried all the special medical shampoos like T Gel etc. , I also tried a healthy dieting with low carbs, I tried ACV, I tried taking Neem, Garlic and nothing got rid of it...

Then when I was 25 I decided to do a CRASH DIET to lose some weight fast! I read about the Master Cleanse and I decided to do it for 11 days... After the cleanse, I did lose weight mostly water weight which I gained back about six months later. But the greatest thing about it was my Seb Dermatitis disappeared and hasn't returned as of yet... Master Cleanse is not the best weight loss method, but it definitely clears out some toxins that could be causing rashes... Hope this helps anyone!

One more thing, I recently noticed my hair very dry... I read that you are not supposed to shampoo everyday because the shampoo will dry your hair and your scalp. Well, I tried to shampoo every other day but my hair just looked to oily and gross. So I decided to put about a half cup of melted coconut oil in my shampoo bottle. It has helped alot making my hair less dry and frizzy and with it being mixed with the shampoo, it doesn't make your hair look oily. Another thing that helps with dry hair is Shampooing every other day and on alternate days, only using Conditioner to wash your hair. The conditioner has fragrance and will mask the smelly, oily scent of your hair. I know it sounds gross, but my hair looks better, feels softer and styles better when I don't overuse shampoo and when I add a little coconut oil...

Posted by Joellie (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on 06/24/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Dear all, AVC does a good job.. what is the best treatment for my face! I still have litle tiny flakes... and after the avc my skin feels still a litlle fat.. anyone.. thank you


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